In lieu of writing an extended reflection
Brief insights from 2012.
I lost a dear friend. I doubt that friend realizes how deeply it pained me to let them go, even as I write this and they likely read it.
I saw Matt Nathanson, fun. (twice), Imagine Dragons, Greg Laswell, Ingrid Michaelson, Young The Giant, The Wailers, Wilco and Mumford & Sons in concert. All incredible musicians, but fun. was by far the most, well, fun.
I ran eight races this year. Yep, eight. Three 5Ks, a 10K, 4.4-miler, 5-miler, half marathon and full marathon. Completing that marathon was the apex of this year. Easily one of the top 5 accomplishments of my life. Hopefully my body cooperates and lets me do another one this coming year so I can shatter the time I got this year!
I gained beautiful friendships this year, some simply by bumping into an acquaintance at a concert, others by methodical meetups and group gatherings. Very thankful for those.
I started dating a girl from work, which was a risk and still is (in a different sense than when we started), but she’s delightful and sweet and a wonderful companion.
Most of all, I took some time for introspection to see what was really at work behind some of my actions, words, thought processes and relationships. A methodical unraveling of your every day life is rarely welcome, but rarely do we welcome the necessary. This year was a year of examining my inner workings and being honest with myself. It’s been a hard habit to break - deceiving myself - but when the honest answers come out, they are always helpful in the long run. Certainly something to keep in mind for this coming year.
Next year will hold all of its own intricacies, losses, gains, experiences, moments of serenity, chaos, sorrow and peace…and I can’t wait to experience all of it.
Happy New Year, kids!